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World's most expensive baklava: US$25,000 cake goes viral on Chinese social media

The now viral picture of a sliced Xinjiang nut cake. Photo: SCMP Pictures

All it took was a slice of Xinjiang cake to spark heated debates online over China's policy on ethnic minorities.

Since Monday, qiegao (cut cake) has been a trending topic on Sina Weibo, China’s main Twitter-like microblogging service.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 5:38pm 3 comments

Time to begin the debate on gay rights

If Hong Kong accepts the principle of equal rights for all, it cannot continue to suppress an honest debate on our society's treatment of its sexual minorities.

Human rights legislation is an all-or-nothing business. Its purpose is to protect all of society's vulnerable groups - women, people with disabilities, racial minorities, sexual minorities and more. While Hong Kong has made progress on the first three of these, there has been a marked reluctance to place the issue of sexual minorities on the agenda.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am 5 comments

Police enlist minorities to counter rise in crimes

Police are reaching out to the city's ethnic minority communities to tackle the rising number of arrests of non-Chinese suspects.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Call for more South Asian prison officers

More South Asian recruits are needed to deal with an expected increase in the number of people from ethnic minorities being jailed, according to the most senior non-Chinese prison officer.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ethnic minorities on learning curve

Expatriate and ethnic minorities both contribute to the diversity that defines the city. What sets them apart more than anything is educational opportunity. By the time of the handover expatriates were well served by the English Schools Foundation and international schools, now coveted also by local parents.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Minorities 'welcome'

Most young people in Hong Kong like to make friends with ethnic minorities, a survey found.

The finding came after the Equal Opportunities Commission said last month that the Education Bureau was not doing enough to help ethnic minorities integrate into society. The bureau must provide better Chinese language teaching to them, the commission said earlier.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Government discrimination to blame for stalled talks, say gays

Gay groups are complaining that they have not been able to hold their regular meetings with the government since an administrative reshuffle last year.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Voice for ethnic minorities may fall silent

The only non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping ethnic minorities in Hong Kong may have to close as the premises it has been using free of charge will soon have to be returned to the landlord.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Better conditions vowed for minorities

Blueprint promises improved living standards for 100 million people

The central government has issued its 11th five-year development programme for 100 million ethnic minority people, promising better living standards in areas that lag far behind in a period of strong economic growth and rising political tensions.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Equality chief accepts language fears

Raymond Tang says race bill could cover minority schooling

Human rights groups have a good case in their fight for a special curriculum on Chinese as a second language for minority students, the chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission said yesterday.

16 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Minority students will not get help to learn Chinese

A hieroglyphic language with different writing and verbal forms, Chinese can be a complicated and difficult language for minority students to learn. Without extra support, they often find it difficult to master the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the language.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Job fair taps into talent of ethnic minorities

The first job fair for Hong Kong's ethnic minorities attracted nearly 100 job-seekers yesterday, mostly from Nepal, Pakistan and India.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Indian show aims to bring home a point

Indian artists are being flown in for a government-sponsored show on Sunday to encourage cross-cultural understanding.

22 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

'Minorities need better pre-school education'

Lawmaker accuses government of letting down Southeast Asian children

The government has been accused of neglecting the pre-school education of ethnic minority children - causing them to suffer integration problems later in life.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Balance of support and unity will help minorities, says Hu

New preferential policies are listed by State Council

President Hu Jintao has called for national unity and more support for ethnic minority regions, saying a balance of both is crucial to the country's development and stability.

28 May 2005 - 12:00am